Our coop is up and running and ready to roll

Terri O

10 Years
Jan 2, 2010
WI~chickening for 30 years!
Cute! I hope you are only getting 2 birds? I do have a couple of suggestions. (if I may) You might want heavier bricks around the edge, especially if you have raccoons or dogs about. Secondly, it looks like cedar mulch in there? That would not be a good choice for ground cover--it can be toxic. Pine or aspen shavings are more absorbent, softer, easier to clean and will compost better too.
Good luck with your new birds! Terri O


8 Years
Feb 18, 2011
You can't really see, but there is trenched chicken wire. The bricks are just for, well, I don't know why I put them there. LOL. I basically build a bottom for the coop but I could add heavier bricks. As for the bedding I'm so confused. This is organic cedar mulch which I researched and was told would work well. It isn't chemically treated and is certified organic. Is this still a health concern? I thought it was only a health concern if it was chemically treated. I certainly don't want to make the girls sick!


Love My Chickens
10 Years
Jul 28, 2009
Floyds Knobs, Indiana
My Coop
My Coop
I do see the run skirt. I think the other poster was talking about the set-up appearing pretty light weight, so even with the skirt it kind of appears that a dog could flip it over???? So bricks or pavers on top of the skirt looks like a good idea to me. To be safe, test it yourself - try to lift the run up by gripping the skirt to see if you need more weight. Sorry - I'm not sure about your bedding - not sure of the difference in treated and organic cedar - whether it would make a difference with the respiratory issues... Try the search feature...

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